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Gender balance and Innovation: What’s wrong with this picture?

Three emails have hit my inbox this week on the topic of innovation: one from the Australian Institute of Management seeking participation in its innovation survey; another from Barbara Annis’ office in New York with news of her forthcoming keynote speech at SAP’s Global Diversity Days that will keynote will articulate the compelling business case of the diverse organization, examine gender differences through a scientific lens, and illustrate the competitive advantage achieved through inclusion; and this one from a colleague with photos of the national executive and branch councils of the Australian Industry Group:

In case you were unaware, according to the AIG website,

“The Australian Industry Group (Ai Group) is a peak industry association
in Australia which along with its affiliates represents the interests of
more than 60,000 businesses in an expanding range of sectors including:
manufacturing; engineering; construction; automotive; food; transport;
information technology; telecommunications; call centres; labour hire;
printing; defence; mining equipment and supplies; airlines; and other
industries. The businesses which we represent employ more than 1 million
employees.

We are an organisation committed to helping
Australian industry with a focus on building competitive and sustainable
industries through global integration, skills development, productive
and flexible workplace relations, infrastructure development and
innovation. Our legitimacy comes also from our role in and connection
with the broader community.”

Which makes one wonder… for all of the female business owners, employers and entrepreneurs out there… how connected do you feel to your industry body which has only 3 female and 114 male representives in its National Executive and Branch Office.

And at a time when innovation is key for manufacturers, retailers and all employers… where is the diversity in thinking coming from on these leadership teams?

Is something wrong with this picture?  And if so, how should it be addressed?

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